Technology Unites: Adventures By Car and Boat
The Friends Gottlieb Daimler and Friedrich Voith
The World's First Vehicle Breakdown
They are the pioneers of their time. Together they survive events fit for the cinema: Gottlieb Daimler and Friedrich Voith are passionate tinkerers. The two young men meet during their studies at Stuttgart Technical University and become close friends. Be it on land with the first automobile or on the waters in a motor boat - the two adventurers are in a constant battle with the limits of technology. But that does not stop them.
The year is 1890. Gottlieb Daimler is visiting the Voith family in Heidenheim. The gentlemen decide to go for an automobile ride to Königsbronn, some ten kilometers away. Other members of the party are a Daimler mechanic and the junior of the Voith family: Hanns. But after only three kilometers, the horse-less motorcar breaks down in Schnaitheim. The spectacle attracts many onlookers from the village, nosily inspecting the unusual vehicle and its perplexed passengers. The gentlemen are unlikely to get to Königsbronn today.
Boat Trip with Obstacles
Three years later, in 1893, another event occurs, this time with a different transport medium. The Voith family spend their summer vacation on the Swiss side of Lake Constance. One sunny day, they set out for a trip on Gottlieb Daimler's open motor boat. On board are nearly all members of the Voith family, friends from Stuttgart and, of course, the engineer Daimler. Friedrich Voith steers the boat into Lake Constance. He wants to explore a spot he has not seen yet. Suddenly the vessel grinds to a halt - it has become stuck in the gravel of the lake.
But the gentlemen know what to do. They disrobe down to their undergarments and step into the water. The boat does not move , although everybody is pulling and dragging vigorously. In the meantime, the sun has disappeared and a thunderstorm is brewing. But rescue arrives in this hour of need: a fisherman takes the soaking wet party safely on land in his rowing boat.